Silent Night in Sign Language

Leading the HPPC children's choir as they sing carols at a nursing home, 2003

Leading the HPPC children’s choir as they sing carols at a nursing home, 2003. I was SO young!

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I first learned this signing from one of my conducting professors at Meadows (SMU) when I was getting my Masters in Sacred Music. Tim Seelig was the conductor of the Turtle Creek Chorale for many years, and the singing and signing of “Silent Night” has been a favorite of their annual holiday concert. I have since used it with many children’s choirs, and with congregations. My favorite memory of it was the children’s choir at Highland Park Presbyterian humming and signing it on Christmas Eve for my practicum service in that beautiful cathedral sanctuary by candlelight. Over the years, it has certainly enhanced my love for this beloved Christmas classic, and I LOVE introducing it to others, especially children! May it enhance your holiday season as well. Thank you for the lasting gift, Tim!

Here I am explaining signs:

Here are the signs with the song so you can practice with me!

Merry Christmas is just a “C” shape with your hand, moving across your body in an arch.

More posts from my series: Connect with your Kids at Christmas